Alzheimer’s Society Cymru’s Sue Phelps visited Buckingham Palace on
Wednesday 11 October (today) to receive her well-deserved MBE for
services to dementia in Wales.
Sue, who celebrated reaching two decades working for the Society in
2015, has been influential in Wales and across the Society in
championing the rights of people with dementia and working tirelessly
to ensure services meet the needs of people affected by the condition
across the country.
Sue has worked in the voluntary sector in England and Wales for over
Now Country Director, Sue has undertaken several important roles in
her long-standing career at the Society, first started working for the
charity as an Administrator following the death of her grandfather,
who had Alzheimer’s disease. Since then she has held a number of
service development and management posts within the organisation
before becoming Director of Operations in 2012 and Country Director in
2017. Currently Sue is also co-directing the Society’s Campaigns and
Partnerships team who deliver the organisation’s policy, public
affairs, campaigning and community engagement work, including the
Dementia Friends and Dementia Friendly Communities programmes.
There are 45,000 people living with dementia in Wales and 35 Dementia
Friendly Communities which are rapidly increasing in number. Wales is
also very close to implementing its first dementia strategy, which is
expected this autumn, of which Sue has played a pivotal role in
On receiving the news of the Honour back in June to mark the Queen’s
birthday, Sue said:
“This award is such a tremendous honour. I have thoroughly enjoyed
the last twenty years working at Alzheimer’s Society and am still as
passionate about the cause as when I first joined.
“I am proud to play my part in raising much needed awareness of
dementia and doing as much as I can to ensure services and support are
available, when needed, for people living with dementia right across
“This is an exciting time for the Society and Wales in particular
with the new dementia strategy on the horizon and I am excited by the
challenges and opportunities that are sure to come. I am confident
that we can transform the dementia landscape and will continue to make
a real difference to the lives of those individuals and families who
are living with dementia.”
Alzheimer’s Society Chief Executive Jeremy Hughes said:
“This is a very well deserved recognition of amazing service. Sue has
worked relentlessly over the past two decades for Alzheimer’s Society
and people with dementia. I am extremely proud of Sue’s achievement;
as a colleague and a friend. She is inspirational to work with and I
know is determined to ensure everyone in Wales understands better and
can support people affected by dementia.”
Sue was joined at the ceremony by her husband and two daughters,
Kerry and Bethan who have followed in their mother’s footsteps and
also work for Alzheimer’s Society.
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